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UAE announces relaxing of Islamic laws for personal freedoms

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates — The United Arab Emirates announced on Saturday a major overhaul of the country’s Islamic personal laws, allowing unmarried couples to cohabitate, loosening alcohol restrictions and criminalizing so-called “honor killings.”

Mexico farm town buries 3 of 9 slain Americans

As Mexican soldiers stood guard, a mother and two sons were laid to rest in hand-hewn pine coffins in a single grave dug out of the rocky soil Thursday at the first funeral for the victims of a drug cartel ambush that left nine American women and children dead.

Rural Catholic church defies Sri Lanka threats, holds Mass

Minor editing. With AP Photos. A small village in eastern Sri Lanka has held likely the first Mass since Catholic leaders closed their churches for fear of more attacks after the Easter suicide bombings that killed over 250 people

Salvadoran accused of 4 Nevada killings worked for 2 victims

A 19-year-old Salvadoran man suspected of being in the country illegally was charged Monday with killing four people in Nevada, including a couple who employed him as a landscaper and he shot to death with a gun he stole from their property, authorities said.

Sheriff: Man admitted 2 slayings; gun used in 4

A 19-year-old from El Salvador admitted killing a married couple in Nevada and used a handgun that he said he stole earlier from their Reno home to do it, according to a sheriff’s report obtained Friday by the Associated Press.

Courts finds suspect in neo-Nazi trial guilty of 10 killings

A German court on Wednesday found the main defendant in a high-profile neo-Nazi trial guilty over the killing of 10 people – most of them migrants – who were gunned down between 2000 and 2007 in a case that shocked Germany and prompted accusations of institutional racism in the country’s security agencies.

Man gets life sentence for killing rural Washington couple

A man has been given a life sentence for killing his former neighbors and hiding their bodies in the woods northeast of Seattle after one of them told authorities he was squatting at the house he sold following a devastating landslide.

Police: Phoenix killings of psychiatrist, 2 women linked

The shooting death of a prominent forensic psychiatrist who assisted in high-profile murder cases including serial killings in Phoenix is connected to the killings of two paralegals, said authorities, who were investigating Saturday whether a fourth homicide was also related.